Occupational Therapy

As an integral part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, occupational therapists work with a variety of patients due to the functional limitations associated with a disease or an injury. The main goal of rehabilitation is to promote independence in mobility and achieve maximum functional potential.
Encompassing more than 9,000-square-feet. the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department is located within the contemporary Alfred N. Sanzari Medical Arts Building at 360 Essex Street, Suite 202 in Hackensack. The staff is comprised of speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who work in a collaborative rehabilitation effort.
Within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department the occupational therapists treat patients with a variety of diagnoses and assist those recovering from:
• hand injuries
• head trauma
• burns
• amputations
• stroke
• joint replacements
• work-related injuries 
• arthritis
• multiple neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Guillian Barre
• congenital or acquired disease
• deformities of the hand or upper extremity 
• acute and post-acute injuries
• multiple traumas
• injuries resulting from automobile accidents
As a recognized member of the rehabilitation team, the occupational therapist uses purposeful activities and techniques which are individualized to meet the particular needs of the patient. The goal of treatment is to help a patient achieve maximum functional independence enabling them to live a productive life. Treatments are available for patients with congenital or acquired diseases and deformities of the hand or upper extremity. These treatments include corrective and protective devices using custom static and dynamic splints, exercise instruction. Individualized home programs and patient education for joint conservation, sensory awareness, and energy conservation are emphasized. Additional treatment modalities include biofeedback and physical agents such as heat, cold (cryotherapy), paraffin, fluidotherapy and hydrotherapy to assist the patient in attaining greater mobility, joint flexibility, strength, or desensitization of painful areas.
Patients with neurological disorders or in need of orthopedic adaptive training also benefit from occupational therapy. Therapeutic exercises, training in self-care activities, activities of daily living, and self-help adaptive equipment training are methods used to maximize independence in the safest possible manner. Occupational therapists also may suggest changes in the layout of the patient’s home, work or school to permit greater independence and accessibility during recovery from an illness or injury.
After a work-related hand injury, patients may receive hydrotherapy and wound care or dressing changes performed by the occupational therapists to clean the wound and promote healing. The healing is guided by the appropriate type of exercise which is administered by the occupational therapists. The occupational therapists also design and fabricate splints to provide protection, prevent deformities and enhance function after injury or surgery. Additional treatment techniques for patients with industrial hand injuries include sensory re-education and control of swelling. With the ultimate goal of returning to work, patients are introduced to material handling tasks that simulate workplace activities and progress to increasingly difficult activities to maximize job performance.
Occupational therapists provide patients with specific therapeutic exercises to promote full motion of the arms following post-operative procedures with emphasis placed on shoulder motion. Patients that are post-breast reconstruction are instructed in additional exercises to compensate for the strength deficits associated with muscles transferred in the TRAM procedure. Patient education is a key component of these programs including home exercises, precautions, and skin care.
For more information regarding the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,please call 551-996-3830.
The hours of operation for the Department of Occupational Therapy are: 
Monday through Thursday 8 AM. to 5:30 PM.
Friday 8 AM. to 4:30 PM.
Saturday 8 AM. to 11 AM.

Instructions: Submit completed form to your therapist at the start of your initial visit.

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